Alissa Raphael

Avocat-conseil | Toronto

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COVID-19: The power of the government in a public health emergency

Governments across Canada are responding to the COVID-19 crisis by invoking powers available to them under public health and emergency management legislation. The Governments of B.C. and Alberta have declared states of public health emergency under their respective public health...

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COVID-19 Pandemic Update – Can my organization be shut down and other questions about public health events and emergency management powers

Since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus, referred to as COVID-19, was originally identified on December 31, 2019 by Chinese health authorities, it has been closely followed internationally by all levels of government, as well as by global, national and...

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Prévenir le Coronavirus : Gérer les risques en milieu de travail

La récente épidémie du nouveau coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (« Coronavirus ») continue de susciter des inquiétudes partout dans le monde, ce qui va surement augmenter, étant donné que l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (« OMS ») a classé l’épidémie comme étant une « urgence de santé...

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Do you have a Duty to Report A Medically Unfit Driver? New Reporting Requirements in Effect

After 40 years without change, amendments to the medical and vision reporting requirements under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act (“HTA”) are in effect.  The amendments are significant and have broad implications for health industry clients. Starting July 1, 2018, physicians and...

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Mandatory Notice Requirements under PHIPA and Public Consultation on Proposed Regulation Regarding Notices to the Commissioner

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has always strongly encouraged health information custodians (HICs) to report privacy breaches to its office, particularly where they may have broader implications.  Although the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) prescribes mandatory notification...

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Patients First Act, 2016 Becomes Law in Ontario

Bill 41, the Patients First Act, 2016 (formerly known as Bill 210) (the “Act”), was reintroduced in the Ontario Legislative Assembly on October 6, 2016 and received Royal Assent on December 8, 2016, following public hearings held by the Standing...

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Public Consultation on Proposed Regulations to Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2016

Bill 119, Health Information Protection Act, 2016 (“HIPA”) amended several statutes to enhance the protection of personal health information and improve the quality of patient care through increased transparency and accountability of health facilities.  One of the most anticipated changes...

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Four Month Extension Granted for Criminal Code Provisions Preventing Physician-Assisted Dying

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) declared in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) that two Criminal Code provisions were of no force or effect to the extent that they prohibit physician-assisted death in Canada in the...

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Ontario College of Pharmacists Seeking Feedback on Proposed Regulations Regarding Oversight of Hospital Pharmacies

In a recent Health Communiqué, Passage of Bill 21 Brings Significant Changes to Hospital Pharmacy and Health Professional Regulation, we provided an overview of the significant changes to the oversight of hospital and institutional pharmacies brought about by the passage of...

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Passage of Bill 21 Brings Significant Changes to Hospital Pharmacy and Health Professional Regulation

Bill 21, the Safeguarding Health Care Integrity Act, 2014 received Royal Assent on December 11, 2014 bringing about significant changes to the oversight of hospital pharmacies and regulated health professionals. The Bill amended a number of key statutes and also created the Voluntary...

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill Receives Royal Assent

Bill 8, the Public Sector Accountability and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 passed third reading on December 9, 2014 and received Royal Assent on December 11, 2014. As reported in our previous Health Communiqués, Public Consultation Scheduled for Broader Public Sector Accountability...

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill Receives Royal Assent

Bill 8, the Public Sector Accountability and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 passed third reading on December 9, 2014 and received Royal Assent on December 11, 2014. As reported in our previous Health Communiqués, Public Consultation Scheduled for Broader...

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Bill 8 Proposes to Limit Executive Compensation for Certain Broader Public Sector Organizations

In July of this year, the Ontario government introduced Bill 8, which proposes (among other things) new legislation entitled the Broader Public Sector Executive Compensation Act, 2014 (the “Executive Compensation Act”). If passed, this legislation will impose limits on executive...

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Public Consultation Scheduled for Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill

In Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill Re-introduced, we provided an overview of Bill 8, the proposed Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014.  If passed, this legislation will put into place a wide range of measures aimed at...

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Complying with Revised Regulations under the Optometry Act

New professional misconduct and conflict of interest regulations for optometrists came into effect earlier this year.   Professional misconduct and conflict of interest provisions contained in Regulation 859/93 (Professional Misconduct) under the Optometry Act and Regulation 550 (Optometry)  under the...

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Broader Public Sector Accountability Bill Re-introduced

On March 24, 2014, we introduced readers to Bill 179, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, for first reading by lawmakers. The stated goals of the legislation are to strengthen political accountability, enhance oversight, and increase transparency in...

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What Health Industry Organizations Need to Know about the Provincial General Election

In preparation for Ontario’s provincial general election on June 12, 2014, health industry clients may be receiving requests from Elections Ontario to disclose patient/resident lists in order to update the province’s permanent register of electors or to set up polling...

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Reports from Investigations into Chemotherapy Under-Dosing Incident Make Recommendations to Strengthen Medication Oversight

In a previous Health Communiqué, Changes to Ontario and Federal drug oversight address regulatory gaps, we outlined steps taken by the Ontario and federal governments to address the regulatory oversight of a number of drug related activities. These actions were in...

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Ontario Proposes Sweeping Changes for Broader Public Sector Accountability

On March 24, 2014, the Ontario Legislature introduced Bill 179, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 for first reading by lawmakers. The stated goals of the legislation are to strengthen political accountability, enhance oversight, and increase...

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Health System Transformation – Year Two Progress Report of Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care Released

 Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care was introduced in January 2012 as the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (“MOHLTC”) plan to transform Ontario’s health care system. In a speech given to the Empire Club of Canada on January...

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Changes to Ontario and Federal drug oversight address regulatory gaps

In response to issues raised about the safety and quality of the chemotherapy drug supply, the Ontario and federal governments have taken a number of steps to address regulatory oversight of certain drug related activities. The Ontario government has enacted...

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Graham, Jeffrey and Raphael, Alissa. “Our Medicine Review Board is Broken.”

Financial Post, FP1, August 11

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Researched and summarized relevant policy and legislative amendments and jurisprudence to update chapters titled “Hospital Privileges” and “Regulation of Pharmaceuticals”

Canadian Health Law Practice Manual, Butterworths, October 2008 – May

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Updated Food and Drug Regulations commentary with the addition of recent parliamentary discussions and reports from applicable federal departments and agencies including Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food and Drug Legislation & Commentary 2010, LexisNexis, January – March

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